Olive Pickle Benefits
- Antioxidant Food– Free radicals cause plastic to deteriorate, paint to fade, works of art to degrade. They can also cause age related illnesses and contribute to strokes, cancer and heart attacks. Yikes! Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons, on a quest to find another electron and are very reactive and damaging to surrounding molecules. The enemy of the free radical? Antioxidants! Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals, giving up some of their electrons and neutralizing the free radical.
- Low Calorie – One olive only has about 7 calories. They have a ‘negative calorie load’, which means you burn more calories digesting an olive that you gain eating one.
- Good Fat – Despite the common misperception, olives are not fattening. They contain mono-unsaturated fat, the same good fat you find in nuts and avocados. Mono-unsaturated fat in the diet increases good cholesterol. In research studies, when diets increase mono-unsaturated fat (without becoming too high in total fat), participants experienced a decrease in their blood cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and LDL:HDL ratio. All of this lowers risk of heart disease. Good stuff!
- Memory – Olives contain polyphenols, a natural chemical that reduce oxidative stress in the brain. By eating a daily serving of healthy olives you can help improve your memory. Remember that!
- Beauty – Eating healthy olives helps skin stay soft and healthy since they contain oleic acid. Eat olives = stay good
- Appetite control – By eating a few olives before a meal, you can take the edge off your appetite. This is because the monounsaturated fatty acids contained in healthy olives slow down the digestion process and stimulate the hormone cholecystokinin, which sends messages of fullness and satisfaction to the brain.
- Pain reduction – Olives oil contain oleocanthal, a substance with anti-inflammatory agents that can act as a natural Ibuprofen.